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University City Will Not Pursue Loop Parking Proposal

Staff will recommend that the council table talks on charging for evening Loop parking.

It appears University City won't be charging motorists to pay to park in the Loop.

City staff will recommend eliminating the proposal for charging a $1.00 for evening parking in the Loop, pending further discussion, said City Manager Lehman Walker at Monday night's final public hearing on the FY 2011-2012 Budget.

Under Walker's parking initiative, motorists would have been charged $1.00 for night parking at two City owned lots, which currently have no parking fees. The lots are located behind Cicero's, Market Pub House and Starbucks.

The City estimated the parking fee would have generated at least $210,000 a year.

Walker said the changes came about as a result of some feedback from councilmembers and the public.

Loop business owners had vigorously fought the idea of an evening parking charge. Joe Edwards, owner of Blueberry Hill said the fee would hurt business and send people to other places that offer free parking. 

Still on the table is the possibility of limiting the hours of operation of Heman Community Center. Walker said staff is proposing that councilmembers finalize a decision on Heman's hours. No final decision has been made on the issue, but Walker said staff is looking at the possibility of transferring the senior program from Heman to Centennial Commons.  Currently, U City seniors use the center every afternoon. 

Walker's budget initiatives would close  during the week, renting it out only on weekends. 

Gregory Pace May 25, 2011 at 02:39 PM
I've heard the loop business owners complain to council that parking fees would drive away their customers to suburban malls that don't charge for parking. What they conveniently leave out of the sob story is that mall business owners pay for the 'free' parking (and for security) with higher rents. The loop business owners wish to have their cake and eat it too.
Gloria Nickerson May 27, 2011 at 01:56 PM
The Loop Parking Proposal is on hold for now.....any business considering a location in the loop is going to think twice before signing a long term lease. U. City residents who own property in the loop are going to have problems finding tenants. This is no different than a realtor trying to sell property in U. City. Potential buyers want all the known facts ABOUT.....crime, schools, city services, neighborhoods etc. before they sign. Many are choosing Olivete, Creve Coeur and the area that surrounds Forest Park, just to be close to U. City but they don't have to deal with the politics. Why should any business have to fight to do business in U. City? Is this type of behavior going to attract new businesses to U. City or the Loop? Something to think about. Just look at the cities/communities that surround us....THEY ARE GROWING.....ECONOMIC GROWTH...VIBRANT. What is U. City doing to create JOBS or boost the ECONOMY? I would like to see my community in the NEWS for something POSITIVE.

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